Newly discovered dinosaur species may be prehistoric ancestor to penguins, ducks

Researchers wrote that the Natovenator polydontus "was a potentially capable swimming predator," and had a hollow body with streamlined ribs.

News 12 Staff

Dec 5, 2022, 11:25 AM

Updated 556 days ago

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Scientists have announced the discovery of a new species of dinosaur that may have been a diving predator, similar to a penguin or duck.
Researchers wrote that the Natovenator polydontus "was a potentially capable swimming predator," and had a hollow body with streamlined ribs.
"The streamlined body of the Natovenator also reflects the high diversity of body shapes among non-avian dinosaurs and exemplifies convergent evolution with diving birds," the study continued.
Dinosaurs were previously thought of as strictly land-dwelling creatures, but more evidence has emerged to suggest they spent as much time in water.


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